Usually, when trying to make a change, we think willpower is the answer.
If we just try harder and be more disciplined, it’ll work this time.
But very often, it doesn’t.
A 2016 study found that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by the second week in February.
Whether we want to give up smoking, start exercising, or commit to a new habit, often we find our best efforts fall to the wayside, and after a few weeks we’re right back where we started.
Worse still, now we feel guilty we’ve ‘failed’ which can make us feel less motivated to try again in the future.
Could it be that most of us are just lazy and irresponsible? Or might it be that we don’t understand how our brains really work and the actual science of changing behaviour? In other words, might our common sense about behaviour change be wrong?
A growing body of research indicates that if we want to make changes that last, willpower is not the answer.
Rather, there are evidence-based approaches now being used every day to help people drop extreme addictions and develop new empowering habits. This can also be used in conjunction with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, etc. that psychopathology can delve more into.
So for your New Year’s Resolution this year, what if you tried a different approach? One that was evidence-based and scientifically proven to make changes that last – even in extreme cases?
Might you also get a different result?
On Sunday 24th February 2019, three of the UK’s leading experts on behaviour change will present lectures on:
You’ll learn how these unique insights can benefit your own life, but also your ability to help others too.
Goals are at the heart of almost everything we do in life.
They give us direction, help us when we make the difficult decisions, and play a large part in creating the future we experience.
But how do we set the right goals? And what approaches are most effective for achieving them?
This lecture will explore the latest research on effective goal setting in counselling and psychotherapy. It will start by examining the philosophical principles underlying a goal-orientated approach to therapy: that human beings are ‘directional’, striving towards things. It will then go on to examine what has been learnt from the psychological research about the nature of goals and goal processes: for instance, the value of ‘approach’ goals over ‘avoidance’ goals.
The lecture will then go on to a more practical exploration of working with goals in psychotherapy, including a video demonstration.
This session can help you identify the right goals to work towards in 2019, and give yourself the best possible chance of achieving them.
Professor Mick Cooper is an internationally recognised author, trainer and consultant in the field of humanistic, existential and pluralistic therapies. He is a Chartered Psychologist, and Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. Mick has facilitated workshops and lectures around the world, including Australia, Lithuania and Florida.
In 2014, Mick received the Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Academy of Social Sciences. You can follow him on twitter: @mickcooper77.
Behavioural Change Specialist Shahroo Izadi has a revolutionary message: treating yourself kindly is the only way to make changes that last. Whether it’s weight loss, cutting down on drinking, improving relationships or ditching a dull job for one that you love, The Kindness Method can help you change any unwanted habit. Because when you shift your focus to your individual strengths and skills (rather than what you can’t do), you too will find you have the power to change – for good.
In this talk, Shahroo will guide you through some simple tools and written exercises designed to increase your self-esteem and self-awareness so that you develop and sustain the motivation to make changes that last in any area of your life.
Shahroo Izadi is an author and Behavioural Change Specialist in private practice. Her therapeutic approach is influenced by the experience she gained working in various roles across frontline addiction treatment in clinical, community and prison settings. She has since been dedicated to highlighting what those in long-term recovery from substance misuse can teach the general population about motivation, resilience and self-awareness.
Shahroo’s work has been featured on BBC Radio, Psychologies Magazine, The Telegraph, Marie Claire, and the Evening Standard. Her first book: ‘The Kindness Method‘, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2018, and she is currently writing her second. You can keep up to date with Shahroo’s work on her website: shahrooizadi.co.uk.
Change is the holy grail of psychology.
Sometimes it’s easy.
But often, we’re so caught up in our pre-existing patterns, beliefs and habits, that it seems impossible to think or do things differently.
We find ourselves riddled by inner conflicts fuelled by mutually exclusive desires. We want to lose weight and also eat what we like. We want to have lots of financial success, but also live comfortably without taking risks. We want to find the right partner, but prefer not to open up and make ourselves vulnerable. We don’t want change when life’s good, but if it stays static for too long, we get bored or even depressed – no matter how good it seems from the outside.
In this talk, Yannick Jacob will present a positive-existential perspective on behaviour change. The lecture will integrate findings from the new science of positive psychology within a framework of existential philosophy as applied in the coaching room with clients from all walks of life.
Yannick Jacob is an Existential Coach, Positive Psychologist, Coach Trainer & Supervisor, Mediator and the FMR Programme Leader of the MSc Coaching Psychology at the University of East London. He works with coaches and leaders to help them gain clarity, make difficult choices, build resilience and navigate their life.
For over a decade Yannick, has studied optimal human functioning and all things wellbeing, as well as the depths and complexities of the human condition. His first book, An Introduction to Existential Coaching, will be published by Routledge in early 2019. Learn more about Yannick’s work and philosophy at www.existential.coach.
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